It’s true, isn’t it? No matter how long you’ve been away for, how chilled you are, after a couple of days back it feels like you’ve never been away. And my goodness what a week it’s been.
Our HT is still off, and looking like he’s not coming back, so we’re down to an SLT of three. I’m the only one without ‘acting’ in front of my title. We’re also starting the consultation to become an academy. More on that to come, I’m sure.
Where to begin? I guess with exam results. 14/14 got GCSE passes in Science and a similar number in English, with some getting functional skills. All got Entry level in the core subjects and a range of others. The plan to enter all students for maths backfired, we only had 6 passes (19%).
Monday and Tuesday were INSET days. We went to the school of our supporting HT for the first day. Sadly, we hadn’t planned the workshops together and I felt like a spare part, thinking of all the better things I could be doing. However, it was lovely to see various members of staff from the other school who I have worked with in the past. Tuesday was much more positive in terms of what we accomplished back at school.
The students arrived back on Wednesday, along with our new Y7s we have four transients from mainstream elsewhere in the school. Some had more transition than others and it shows. One of the students is very damaged and is going to take a lot of work and understanding to sort out. I’m sure (I hope) we’ll get there.
As well as teaching some Science – hurrah, started with planets – I seem to have spent my whole week dealing with people “can you just”, “have you got a minute”…and as a result have done very little of my own work. I haven’t even had time to read the newly updated RAP. I’m sure, I hope, things will settle down and it won’t be this full on crazy all year.
Although, with a move to a new site due by summer, I can’t see things settling down that much!
We had an interesting conversation with the acting HT this week. They are very aware that there are only three of us instead of five, and even though it’s a small school there are still the same responsibilities as in a larger one. To that end they have told us that they won’t send late night emails, and if they do they don’t expect a reply! Also that we are to get the work-life balance right and stay mentally fit as they can’t cope if one of us goes down. To that end, I have renewed my swimming pool membership and intend to swim after work two nights a week, and on a weekend if I can manage, as well as my pilates lessons. It’s a great stress relief, with the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi being an added bonus!
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